At about this time every year, give or take a couple of weeks, these bare trees erupt overnight in a vivid explosion of color. The dazzling yellow can be seen scattered on the hills and streets all over the country. On a whim, my husband and I took a back road on our way home from the beach, having only a vague idea where we were headed. We figured we’d eventually find our way back to the Pan American Highway and home. To my unqualified delight, we caught sight of an abundance of glorious yellow. Our challenge was to find the right side road that would lead us to those trees. After a couple of dead ends, our meandering took us smack into riotous color. Brilliant petals were strewn along the pavement, blanketing the earth under the trees. I was child-like in my excitement. Never have I seen so many of these stunning trees in one place. The blooms only last two to three days, so we were most definitely at the right place at the right time.
A few evenings ago, I walked outside to soak in the soft colors of dusk and relish the cooling winds. I happened to spot the moon rising above the mountains we’re privileged to enjoy every day. The western part of the range, Cordillera De Talamanca, stretches from Costa Rica through Chiriqui Province. Panamanians usually refer to the mountain range which spans the entire country as Cordillera Central, all part of the continental divide.
Photographing the moon is not my usual subject, but it seemed worth attempting to capture. Naturally, the moon is “At A Distance”.